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Periodontal treatment may improve cirrhosis symptoms

from Dentistry Today

Routine oral care to treat periodontitis may play a role in reducing inflammation and toxins in the blood and improving cognitive function in people with liver cirrhosis, according to researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. Cirrhosis, which the researchers call a growing epidemic in the United States, is the presence of scar tissue on the liver. When severe, it can lead to liver failure. Complications include infections throughout the body and hepatic encephalopathy, a buildup of toxins in the brain caused by advanced liver disease. more

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